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Central Bucks School Board appoints assistant superintendent, board member


Alexis McGloin was appointed assistant superintendent for assessment, professional development, and educational services for the Central Bucks School District during the school board’s March 12 meeting.

McGloin, who will join the district on May 1, joins CBSD after serving as the superintendent of the Upper Perkiomen School District since January of 2015. During her tenure, the school district saw its graduation rate increase by 10 percent, increased high school advanced placement offerings, increased mental health supports including family and individual services in all schools, and saw the initiation a $56 million middle school project including grade reconfiguration and building renovation.

McGloin also oversaw the completion of a $1.9 million upgrade of the district’s technology infrastructure, successfully implemented a one-to-one laptop initiative in grades six through 12, and was instrumental in her district’s conversion to new human resources and financial management software systems.

“You have hit a home run this evening by hiring Dr. McGloin,” Superintendent John J. Kopicki said following McGloin’s appointment by the board.

“She is first class in everything that she does. She is an outstanding educator, highly intelligent, highly self-motivated and she brings a plethora of skills to our school district that’s going make our team even stronger,” he added.

She has also completed the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s National Institute for School Leadership’s Superintendent’s Academy.

Prior to her service in Upper Perkiomen, she served as assistant superintendent and principal in the Penn Delco School District. She began her career as a chemistry and general science teacher in the West Side Area Vocational Technical Schools in Kingston, Pa.

She holds a bachelor of science in education from East Stroudsburg University, and has a master’s in education, and elementary and secondary principal certificate. McGloin holds a superintendent certificate from Temple University, where she earned her doctoral degree in 2009.

The board also appointed Lorraine Sciuto-Ballasy to fill a vacancy on the nine-member school board created when board member Nicole Young moved out of the district recently.

Young represented Region 4, beginning in November 2017, which is four voting precincts in Warrington and one precinct in Warwick.

Sciuto-Ballasy, who was interviewed publicly by the board March 12, will only serve through the end of this year. She will not serve for the full term that Young had. Young’s term would have expired December 31, 2021. The partial term will be subject to an election in November.

So, she would then begin a two-year term in December.

Before the appointment, the board voted to rescind the appointment of Mary Jane Schmalz.

The Warwick resident was appointed to the board Feb. 26, but the next day discovered that she couldn’t accept the position because it’s a conflict with her full-time job as an electronic monitoring coordinator with the Bucks County Juvenile Probation Department.

Schmalz found out from one of her supervisors Feb. 27 about a provision in the state Supreme Court code of conduct for employees of the unified judicial system.

It prohibits such employees from engaging in “political activity that is inconsistent with the independence, integrity, or impartiality of the Judiciary.”

“She was not aware of that at the time subsequent to our appointing her, said School Board President Glenn Schloffel. “She found that out and had to rescind her offer.”

Sciuto-Ballasy is expected to be sworn in at the March 26 meeting of the school board.